This should come as a surprise to no one but the Detroit Tigers tendered contracts to all four players eligible for arbitration.
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David Price and Rick Porcello are the most notable in this group because it is the last year that they are eligible for arbitration. The Tigers will try to reach an agreement with them before having to go before an arbitrator. This is often the time when teams will work out a long-term deal to avoid a high one-year salary and spread out the damage over the course of a lengthy contract.
The moves came ahead of the Tuesday evening deadline for teams in the major leagues to tender arbitration-eligible players contracts. If the Tigers did not tender any of these players, they could have become free agents.
Price figures to be the…um…priciest of players in arbitration because of his track record which includes a Cy Young Award. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, Price figures to command nearly $19 million for the 2015 season. That is not only the highest on the Tigers, but also of all the arbitration eligible players in baseball.
Price made $14 million last year split between Tampa Bay and Detroit.
Porcello earned $8.5 million in 2014 and is predicted to be paid $12.2 million in 2015. Al-Al will likely receive a raise from $837,500 to $1.7 million and after his breakout year, J.D. Mart is set to go from 500 large to nearly $3 million.
Not a bad day at the office.
The team and the players have until February to come to a mutual decision on salary or they will go in front of an arbitrator shortly before Spring Training in February.